Future cities: asserting public governance

Joss, S. (2018) Future cities: asserting public governance. Palgrave Communications, 4, 36. (doi: 10.1057/s41599-018-0087-7)

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The smart city has become a main prism through which urban futures are viewed. With it comes the promise of big data technology enabling more resource-efficient urban systems and improved governance. Increasingly, however, this technocentric view is being challenged, at least rhetorically, by seeking to place people at the heart of smart city development. Yet, especially in the case of the UK, such development typically takes place within a governance context which marginalises established planning and decision processes, thus arguably weakening public accountability. Moreover, the norms of engagement change in that citizens are assigned more of an entrepreneurial role as co-producers of data-driven information. It becomes necessary, therefore, to reconsider, as well as reinvigorate the place of the public in the future city. This article seeks to do so by making the case, on one hand, for strengthening institutional frameworks and, on the other, advancing a more active role for citizens to become involved in actualising and scrutinising future cities.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant no. ES/ L015978/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Joss, Professor Simon
Authors: Joss, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Palgrave Communications
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Online):2055-1045

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